Manuel Vazquez's highly contrasted photography makes you work a little harder for the details.
The Spanish-based photographer, who originally hails from Colombia, has an impressive resume that includes shooting immaculate portraits for the likes of The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography and the Sunday Times. However, within his personal portfolio, Vazquez experiments with Chiaroscuro, a term that refers to strong contrasts between light and dark.
His latest series, 'Traces,' captures people in pockets of light for a theatrical effect. What could have been a totally benign photograph is at once transformed into an arresting image. The stranger's faces are briefly illuminated in a singular, fleeting moment, leaving a strong, long-lasting impact on the viewer.